Animal Control

Animal Impound

Report A
Missing Pet

If you would like to list your pet as being lost, contact the Golden Valley Police Department at 763-593-8079 or

How Do I Reclaim My Pet?

If you believe one of the animals above is your pet, visit the Golden Valley Police Department, 7800 Golden Valley Road, or call 763-593-8079 to make arrangements to claim your pet. Animal impounds fees may apply. Pets that are not claimed in seven days are transferred to the Golden Valley Humane Society.

The Golden Valley Police Department can help with issues regarding animal problems. This service is limited to situations dealing with pets and wild animals that are an immediate threat to public safety.


Pet Ordinances

Complete rules for keeping pets in Golden Valley are found in City Code Chapter 6.


  • Cat owners are required to have their cat(s) vaccinated for rabies and to affix the rabies tag to the cat's collar.
  • City Code prohibits Golden Valley residents from keeping more than three cats.


  • The City of Golden Valley does not require licenses for dogs.
  • Dog owners are required to have their dog(s) vaccinated for rabies and to affix the rabies tag to the dog's collar.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on public land.
  • Leashes must not exceed 20 feet in length and must be shortened to 6 feet when another person or animal is within 20 feet.
  • Dogs may not be kep on private land without being adequately supervised and effectively restrained from going beyond such private land by voice control, leash, tether, fence, or electronic pet fence.
  • City Code prohibits Golden Valley residents from keeping more than three dogs.

Pet Waste

Owners shall not allow their pets (dogs or cats) to foul any lawn, garden, or other property and are required to carry supplies for excrement removal when walking their pets. Any mess made by a pet must be cleaned up (including in public parks).

Pet Noise

It is unlawful for anyone to keep a dog or cat that barks, howls, or meows excessively or continuously. This includes any noise by any dog or cat that can be:

  • heard by any person from a location outside of the building where the animal is kept AND
  • occurs repeatedly over at least a five-minute period of time, with less than 30 seconds between each animal noise

Seasonal Off-Leash Pet Areas (Dog Parks)


Wildlife Feeding Ban

Golden Valley City Code Section 6-2 forbids the feeding of wild animals. This includes keeping salt licks or one-half cubic foot or more of grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, seed or other edible material either on the ground or at a height of less than 5 feet above the ground.

This ban does not apply to employees or agents of the City, County, State, Federal government, or veterinarians who are performing their official duties.

Live Trapping

Live trapping of nuisance wild animals is allowed only after permission has been granted by the Police Chief. To obtain permission to live trap wild nuisance animals, please submit a written request to the Police Chief. For more information, contact 763-593-8079

Deer Management

When deer populations get too large, they can cause an imbalance to the ecosystem. View Golden Valley's deer management plan 9MB.

For tips to help keep deer off your property, visit the MN DNR website.

Goose and Turkey Management Plan

With guidance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), the City of Golden Valley and the Open Space & Recreation Commission (OSRC) are looking to develop a Turkey Management Plan (TMP) and Goose Management Plan (GMP) in hopes of addressing public safety concerns and community nuisance issues.

At its Jan 2, 2019 meeting, the Golden Valley City Council approved the GMP and the TMP. Both plans are expected to be implemented before the end of 2019.